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Ask & thou shalt receive – not always.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on May 10, 2015 by Kate Jack

The downside of twitter is some of the reasons people follow you. It’s not always because you  put up great posts, or they’re interested in you as a fellow tweeter. It’s usually because they want to “sell” you twitter followers, or they want something for nothing.


When I first started tweeting, I’d follow people willy nilly because I liked what I saw on their twitter page. Sometimes I’d get messages back, thanking me, but also asking me to follow them on Facebook, or YouTube, and so on. Being a fairly good-natured person, I would. However I soon discovered that, not only did they not follow me back on twitter, they did not reciprocate following me on Facebook either.

followersThe latest example of this was about half an hour ago. I followed a person, who had followed me, as we are both writers, and it’s nice to have something in common. Shortly after they messaged me, thanking me and asking if I’d like to read their book and give them  some feedback. There’s no harm in asking. However, after the unfortunate experiences I’ve already had, I wasn’t prepared to do as they asked without some quid pro quo. I therefore asked if they’d like to indulge in a read swap, not really expecting them to respond and to unfollow me as a result. Instead of the usual response, I got a message back saying they barely had time to write these days. In other words, they expected, or hoped, I would drop everything and read their book, without them having the courtesy to do the same. I’m not even sure they were prepared to provide me with a copy of their novel, or if I was expected to purchase it. I could be wrong on that score, but there was no mention of it.


Now I do carry out the odd review, from time to time, and I don’t expect, nor would I ever take, monetary payment. But my time is as precious as the next person’s. What I do expect is a bit of appreciation. Fair enough?


Five stars ~ what more could I ask for?

Posted in General with tags , , , on December 7, 2014 by Kate Jack

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New five star review, for Through the Gloaming.
Katrina Jack has great talent in developing her fantasy in thrilling way, and definitely a page turning style. Her characters were well developed and the storyline is interesting and I enjoyed her book very much.
Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi, therapist, author and VP of PnPAuthors

To buy or not to buy – that is the question.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by Kate Jack


It’s an old, but true saying, people do judge a book by its cover. If it’s dull, and unattractive, some people will assume the contents are the same. If it’s vibrant and eye catching, the reverse is assumed. That said, the only correct way to judge a book is to read it. The blurb on the back of most books will give the prospective reader an idea of what kind of content to expect. Also, if the first page doesn’t grab you, then that particular piece of work may not be for you, which is where Amazon’s “look inside” facility comes in handy.

But it’s a waste of money if you buy it, only to find you don’t like it, I hear you say. Not quite as true as it might once have been. Most eBooks are dirt cheap, and places like Amazon sell reasonably priced secondhand books, so it’s not as painful to the pocket if you can’t read something you thought was just up your street.

I recently had a review of Land of Midnight Days posted by someone on Amazon. They didn’t like the story, fair enough, and added that the “dull cover” didn’t help matters, again fair enough; at least they read it. However, I got the impression they skipped large amounts of the narrative in their haste to reach the end, as some of the information about the book was completely wrong. That, coupled with the fact they found the cover “dull”, made me wonder why they bothered. It seems they’d probably made their mind up as soon as they read chapter 1.

Anyway, as the song says. Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be. 😀


News & reviews, a cure for the blues.

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by Kate Jack


As most people know, good reviews, and even some bad ones, can give a boost to whatever it is you’re trying to market. I’m glad to say that book one of the Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days, has received yet another great critique.

Written with obvious sincerity, Jane Dougherty is not afraid to point out some of the shortcomings of my debut novel, in a constructive and honest way. She also doesn’t stint on the praise, where praise is due, and I’m very grateful to her for the time and effort she put into her feedback.

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Another sterling review of…

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by Kate Jack

Land of Midnight Days.

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Exciting and fast paced

Land of midnight days is a fast paced book that leaves you wanting more. It is full of twists and turns From the very beginning I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. All of the characters, and the City in which the story is based, are described so vividly that I felt as though I was there, living through the adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am eager for the release of the next installment. I can’t recommend it enough!


How to help your favourite author.

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , on April 11, 2013 by Kate Jack


As anyone who writes will know, it’s very hard to grab the reading public’s attention. There’s so much competition and so there should be. The readers are entitled to a vast variety of choice of whatever grabs their fancy.

Now everyone has a favourite author, be they established or new. Established authors are mostly secure in their fan base, but newcomers have a long, hard slog to reach even halfway up the mountain of novel writing. So, if you have discovered a new writer that you really like, why not leave a review – just a few lines is all it takes. You never know, your feedback could be instrumental in establishing the next big thing in books 😀



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Land of Midnight Days – YA Urban fantasy

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Kate Jack



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